Sunday, January 29, 2012


Director: Christopher Neil
Starring: David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga, Graham Phillips

A coming-of-age story with a bizarre father figure at the center, Goats is another movie that's well-executed but isn't quite good enough to recommend. David Duchovny plays Goat Man, a weed-growing hippie who raises Ellis (Phillips) after Ellis' real father (Ty Burrell from "Modern Family") leaves at a young age. Goat Man takes Ellis on goat herds through the Arizona wilderness, teaching him about survival while Ellis' drugged-out New Age mother (Farmiga) hooks up with a new boyfriend. Ellis ends up going to a prestigious school on the east coast - the same one his real father attended - and while there, he reconnects with his dad and his new girlfriend, played by Keri Russell.

Everyone gives good performances, and there's nothing glaringly "wrong" with the movie; it's just that even with characters strange enough to be memorable, Goats doesn't ever seem to kick it into gear to make the movie itself rise above the weirdness of its characters.

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